Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to marshal a new and vital repertoire for two guitars. As part of this goal, the duo has been working with composers to explore the sonic potential of the electric guitar as an unbounded instrument.
In a span of ten months in 2014-2015, the duo premiered sixteen new works written for them as the result of two intensive collaborations. The first of these - Loxodroming III - yielded eight new pieces from composers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The second, a collaboration with the San Francisco based Guerrilla Composers Guild, saw the duo take on eight new works from Bay Area composers.
Ignition Duo has performed full length recitals at the Corwin Chair Presents Series at UC Santa Barbara (2013, 2014), the Center for New Music in San Francisco (2015), and the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society (2012).
Other performance highlights include acclaimed appearances at San Francisco Music Day (2014), the Switchboard Music Festival (2013), and the Hot Air Music Festival (2014).
Ignition Duo has completed production for its first full length album - ABLAZE AMIDST THE HORNS. The debut album features works written for the duo by Ryan Brown, Nick Norton, Dan VanHassel, Nick Bacchetto, Danny Clay, Nick Vasallo, Marc Evans, and Luke Taylor. ABLAZE AMIDST THE HORNS was engineered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden Recording Studio in East Palo Alto, and will be released digitally in the last quarter of 2015.